What is a detoxing vaginal steam and does it work?

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Steaming your vagina – it's what all the cool kids do to detox their bodies these days.

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That's right, you read it correctly - vaginal steaming is now a thing. Apparently it is the beauty treatment du jour for any woman wanting to detox her va jay jay.

The old Korean treatment of vaginal steaming (stop saying that!) is like a detoxing facial but for your lady parts and has been used for centuries to fight infection, reduce stress, increase fertility, ease PMT and can apparently improve your sex life.

And now its coming to a mainstream salon near you.

What is vaginal steaming?


Exactly what it sounds like – women perch without underwear over a steaming pot of water infused with therapeutic herbs for between 20-45 minutes, while wearing a big tent to trap the air.

Warning: don't try this at home kids.

Does vaginal steaming work?


There is no actual evidence that is does everything it claims, but it does increase blood circulation to the area, which can boost immunity responses.

According to Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Women's Care of Beverly Hills Medical Group in the US, the idea is 'not insane,' reports The Independent.

However most people think it's a bit bonkers. "I just don't understand physiologically how putting steam up the vagina is going to change your fertility or help you relieve stress," says Dr. Laura Riley, director of labour and delivery at Massachusetts General in Boston.

"There's plenty of data that supports mind-body intervention and how that improves fertility and decreases stress. But steam itself in the vagina doesn't make any sense for me. It's not like it's going to blow up some closed tube,: she added.

Sounds pretty darn clammy to us.

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